True Detective, undeniably the best TV show that this year has delivered, was a particular thrill for fans of Matthew McConaughey. The a-list star has been reinventing himself through a series of gritty independent films (most memorably being the twisted Killer Joe) before cementing his new thespian qualities with Dallas Buyers Club, which netted him an Academy Award. But some will hold that his career’s current high mark sits with Rustin “Rust” Cohle, the stoic and analytical detective that starred alongside Woody Harrelson in True Detective.
True Detective is not an ongoing saga – every season is a self-contained story and as such the next season will not be a continuation from the debut’s events. So when McConaughey declared that he won’t be appearing in future seasons, it was assumed that he was focused on his renaissance’d movie career. But speaking to Deadline, the actor revealed that he didn’t want to be trapped in a show for several years. Yet he is actually not against returning to True Detective:
I liked True Detective, the whole series and the experience of making it, so much that I’d be open to doing another one now. At the time, I was looking at six months and not beyond that. I don’t know of a feature film I’d sign for where I’m going to say, “If this works, you’ve got me whenever you want me for the next three years.”
The interview also reveals other interesting things about the show. McConaughey was actually approached to play the role of Marty Hart, Cohle’s partner in the season. But he had his mind set on Cohle and Hart instead went to Woody Harrelson, who remains severely under-praised for his fantastic, nuanced performance. McConaughey is not sure if he suggested Harrelson for the part, but he fully agreed with the casting:
I’ve been told I was the one who said, “You got to go to Woody for this.” I don’t know if that came out of my mouth first, but I know that if it didn’t, I agreed when I heard it and knew he was a great choice right away.
The interview is a fascinating read both for True Detective and McConaughey fans. He discusses why he chose to do the show, his changing career, the shifting landscape of television and crafting the enigmatic character of Rust.
True Detective season 2 shifts its focus to California and will feature three leads, some if not all of which will be women. It’s likely to air in early 2015.
Last Updated: June 9, 2014